Jabuticaba – The Grape Tree That Fruits on Its Trunk

I remember seeing a tree that had flowers on most of its trunk, but I’ve never even heard of a tree that laid fruit directly on its trunk. Have you?

Jabuticaba, also known as the Grape Tree, is a unique tree found around South-American countries like Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina. Unlike other trees, its fruit can be plucked and eaten right off the trunk. In order to survive, Jabuticaba has evolved in order to make its fruit more accessible to animals who can’t climb. This way they can reach the fruit, eat it and expel the seeds far away from the parent tree.

Jabuticaba fruits are purple, juicy, and can be either eaten fresh, used in jellies, or left to ferment and made into wine and strong liquor. Dried Jabuticaba fruit peels can be used to treat asthma and diarrhea, and scientists hope it will prove useful in the fight against cancer, as several anti-cancer compounds have been identified in the fruit.

It may look like these tree have been infected by some sort of plant disease, but it’s just evolution at work.

via Kuriositas

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  • Anthony Posted on April 12, 2010

    Hi… i'm Anthony from Brazil and i have to say that Jabuticaba is an extremely good fruit…XD

  • Anthony Posted on April 12, 2010

    Hi… i'm Anthony from Brazil and i have to say that Jabuticaba is an extremely good fruit…XD

  • Dana Posted on May 7, 2010

    Jabuticaba is not the only tree that fruits on its trunk.Crescentia alata also bear flowers and fruit on the trank and in the same time.